Fatima Bhutto hails move to reduce powers of Zardari

Last Updated: Sunday, April 4, 2010 - 00:05

New Delhi: Hailing moves in Pakistan that
may lead to reduction in the power of President Asif Ali
Zardari, Fatima Bhutto, niece of slain former Prime Minister
Benazir Bhutto, said there should not be two different laws
for the powerful and the common citizens.

"We are yet to see the law passed. It is important
that now we are talking about it but in the first place I
don`t think or believe that Presidents or those in power
should be be granted immunity.

"There should not be a law for the powerful and a law
for the ordinary citizens. In fact those in power should be
scrutinised even more closely and more severely than ordinary
citizens," Fatima, who is here for the launch of her book
`Songs of Blood and Sword` said.

On Friday, problems appeared to multiply for
beleaguered Zardari after the government there brought in a
landmark bill that could strengthen Prime Minister
Yousuf Raza Gilani`s hands while stripping the President of
his sweeping powers.

Asked how she saw the future of Zardari government,
Fatima said, "I don`t know. Looking how his government has
conducted itself, it has allowed American drones to fly over
our country and kill hundreds if not thousands of civilians.

So how his own regime will come to an end is a question that
many people wonder about."

She added, "I think at the moment we are just worried
trying to live in his regime. We are not trying to figure out
how his regime will end, we are just trying to survive at the
moment in the Zardari regime."

Responding to a query on how she rated the present
government headed by her aunt`s husband, she said, "You know I
think a country that is watching its President, before he was
President, fighting corruption cases in Switzerland, Spain,
France, UK, Pakistan and four murder cases, has a very clear
answer of what kind of leadership you are going to get."
She rejected that there was a lack of political will
in Pakistan to stop terrorism.

"Well, I think there is a political will in Pakistan
to stop terrorism. Certainly terrorism is nobody`s interest
but I think to make a statement like that is a really
dangerous one because it assumes that that is all we share
between the two countries.

"There is violence on both sides of these borders and
ultimately if we want peace, we will have to empower the
people to choose," she said.

She said a lot of Pakistanis watching the Mumbai
terror attack understood them "because we live in the same
sort of attacks."

"There is terror on both sides. In this entire
region, you look at India, Pakistan or Sri Lanka, these are
all countries that have faced a lot of violence, lots of
attacks on their people but ultimately I think there has to be
a line drawn between the two governments, who are not like
siblings and who have difficulties ... when you look at
people, one see a lot of similarities than differences."


First Published: Sunday, April 4, 2010 - 00:05

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